Memphis. Home of the Blues and The Birthplace of Rock n’ Roll. This city located near the Tennessee/Mississippi state line is perfect for music and history lovers alike. With multiple museums dedicated to its musical and cultural history, great southern food and a kick ass live music scene, Memphis makes for a perfect Southern weekend getaway.
Stop 1: Start your day by taking of tour of Elvis’ home at Graceland. The first thing you need to do is buy your tickets so that you don’t have to wait a long time for your designated tour time. Don’t be like me and get distracted by all of the memorabilia and add to your wait time. There’s plenty of time to look at everything after you have your tickets. Also, don’t forget to try one of Elvis’ favorite sandwiches, peanut butter and banana, while you’re there!
Stop 2: After touring Graceland, head to downtown and pay a visit to High Cotton Brewing for some good local and quality beer
Stop 3: Pay tribute to MLK and other civil rights leaders at the National Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Motel. The museum was originally the hotel where MLK was assassinated back in 1968 and was converted into a museum 30 years later to honor the American Civil Rights Movement
Stop 4: Feeling hungry? Walk across the street and have some of that famous Memphis style BBQ at Central BBQ. You won’t be disappointed with their BBQ or their portions
Stop 5: End the night by going bar hopping on Beale Street and listen to some live music
Stop 1: Start your second day in Memphis by taking a tour of the place where many famous artists such as Elvis and Johnny Cash got their start- Sun Studio
Stop 2: Grab a late breakfast/early lunch at Gus’s Fried Chicken. And as the sign tells you- it’s world famous. And for good reason too! To this day, it’s still the best friend chicken I’ve ever had
Stop 3: Continue to pay tribute to Memphis’ music history and stop by the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum
Stop 5: If you’re not too tired, end your trip to Memphis by learning about the Mississippi Delta’s history and culture by visiting the Cotton Museum